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EFCC detains Fayose over N4.6bn ONSA fraud

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After some drama at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) headquarters in Abuja, former Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose was taken into custody yesterday.

The anti-graft agency is questioning Fayose over the ongoing probe of the alleged diversion N4.685billion by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).

The ex-governor is being grilled over the N1.3billion and $5.377million allegedly traced to him from the N4.6 billion slush funds.

The ex-governor arrived at the EFCC office in Wuse 2, Abuja in a customised blue Tee-Shirt with the inscription “EFCC I’m here”.

He was accompanied by his lawyer Mike Ozekhome(SAN),Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike and a former Minister of Aviation Femi Fani-Kayode . There was also a small crowd of supporters, some of them wearing white T-Shirts emblazoned with “Fayose, conscience of the nation”

Fayose came in a black Lexus SUV. He was carrying a bag containing his dresses.

The crowd was shouting Fayose’s nickname, “Oshoko” and carrying placards in praise of the ex-governor. Fayose said: “I am here in line with my promise that I will be here on the 16th of October and, like I told the EFCC, they should await my arrival. This morning, they have been to my house; they cordoned off the street which I believe was unnecessary and unwarranted.

“I have promised to report; I am here now. I will be able to respond to all allegations.”

As he was going into custody, Fayose told reporters: “Nobody should be afraid of the EFCC, especially when you have nothing to hide. I have remained courageous for Nigerians and I will always be with Nigerians.”

He was quoted as telling detectives that he needed to rest, having worked hard for four years.

He also reportedly told his interrogators: “I deny all the allegations, take me to court.”

Sources said Fayose would respond to issues raised by three teams of investigators.

A source added: “He made a statement where he denied all the allegations and asked the commission to take him to court.

“So far, he has not responded to how he came about N1.3billion and $5.377million from ONSA. He has more issues to clarify; we are going to detain him.”

The source added: “There are three teams handling the allegations against the former governor. There is a special team managing his suspended trial because he had immunity as a governor; a separate team for the N4.685b ONSA fraud and the third panel probes his just completed tenure.

“Definitely, we are going to detain Fayose because he has a lot of issues to clarify.”

Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC Wilson Uwujaren merely said: “The ex-governor is undergoing interrogation.”

Speaking before Fayose entered the EFCC’s office, Wike said: “You can see that our brother has come to see the EFCC. He wrote a letter to the EFCC that he will submit himself on the 16th of October. He is going in hale and hearty; I believe the EFCC should know.

“So let Nigerians know that he came by himself to the EFCC without anybody harassing him, so that’s why I brought him here.”

Fani-Kayode said: “We came to stand with our friend. He is going in hale and hearty; we trust God he will come out this way.”

Ozekhome said Nigerians were “not in the Hobbesian state which was brutish”. “This is a country governed by law and not the rule of the thumb. There should be respect for the constitution,” the lawyer said.

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Footballer Tiyamiyu Kazeem ‘killed by SARS operative’ buried amid tears (PHOTOS)

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Tears flowed, tributes poured in as the remains of Tiyamiyu Kazeem a.k.a (Kaka), assistant captain of Remo Stars FC of Ogun State were buried on Thursday at his family house in Ajaka, Sagamu, Ogun state, according to Islamic rites. The Witness reports.

The footballer was allegedly pushed out of a vehicle by an operative of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), Inspector Olaniyi Ogunsoro, who had mistaken him for a suspected internet fraudster (Yahoo boy), before he was hit by an incoming vehicle on Saturday.

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Footballer Tiyamiyu Kazeem ‘killed by SARS operative’ buried amid tears (PHOTOS)

Late Tiyamiyu Kazeem

 

Footballer Tiyamiyu Kazeem ‘killed by SARS operative’ buried amid tears (PHOTOS)

During the candle light ….on Wednesday

Footballer Tiyamiyu Kazeem ‘killed by SARS operative’ buried amid tears (PHOTOS)

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Man treks from Calabar to Yenagoa for new Bayelsa Governor Diri

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Man treks from Calabar to Yenagoa for new Bayelsa Governor Diri

Murtala Anas Jos, an indigene of Plateau State and staunch supporter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria’s main opposition party, has trekked from Calabar, Cross River State to Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital to celebrate the victory of Bayelsa Governor Diri.

The Witness reports that Jos, who arrived Yenagoa on Wednesday, February 26, said it took him eight days to complete the journey, adding that he undertook the task to mark the victory of his party and Governor Douye Diri at the Supreme Court.

Jos said having followed the political trajectory of Diri, he was happy that the senator against all odds later emerged as an incumbent governor of Bayelsa.

The PDP supporter claimed that the main opposition party remained the only party that understood the problems of the country and knew how to address the yearnings and aspirations of the people.

Bayelsa Governor Diri

His words: “I came from Calabar to Bayelsa State. It took me like eight days trekking to reach Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.

“I decided to do this because of the love I have for my party, the PDP and to celebrate with Senator Douye Diri over his victory at the Supreme Court and subsequent swearing-in as the Bayelsa State governor.

“This act is to show how I love and cherish my party, PDP, and to encourage the distinguished gentleman, who has come to work for prosperity, growth and development of Bayelsa State.

“I have never had any interaction with the governor not discussed with him but I’ve been following him since his days in the House of Representatives and Senate, and I know he is the type of leader Bayelsa needs at this moment.

“Though some hoodlums attacked me between Akwa Ibom and Rivers, they snatched my phones but I was not discouraged, because I was eager to celebrate my party’s victory in Bayelsa State”.

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Breaking: Court delivers judgment on Ambode’s suit seeking to stop Lagos Assembly probe

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Breaking: Court delivers judgment on Ambode’s suit seeking to stop Lagos Assembly probe

A suit by a former Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, seeking to stop the State House of Assembly from probing him, has been dismissed by a High Court sitting in Ikeja, the Lagos capital.

The Witness recalls that State Assembly had in August 2019, set up a nine-man ad-hoc committee to probe Ambode’s administration over the purchase of 820 buses for public transportation in the state.

Delivering judgment on Thursday, February 27, Justice Yetunde Adesanya held that the court lacked the jurisdiction to stop the lawmakers from investigating the ex-governor, stressing that the investigation is not an indictment.

“The claimant (Ambode) has not been indicted. An invitation by an agency of government cannot in any way cause a breach of the threat of the fundamental rights of the claimant.

“I hereby find that the claimant’s action is an invitation to the court to cripple the legislative exercise of the statutory power of the Lagos State House of Assembly under Section 128 and 129 of the 1999 Constitution.

“That is not the function of the court, and no court of law should accede such invitation. The claimant’s suit is hereby struck out,” the Judge ruled.

Ambode loses in court

The former Lagos State Governor instituted the civil suit against the State House of Assembly, its Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, and the Clerk of the House, Mr A. Sanni.

The Witness understands that other respondents to the suit are Fatai Mojeed, the Chairman of an ad-hoc committee, as well as eight members of the committee. They are Mr Gbolahan Yishawu, Mr A. Yusuf, Mr Yinka Ogundimu, Mrs Mojisola Meranda, Mr M. Makinde, Mr Kehinde Joseph, Mr Temitope Adewale, and Mr Olanrewaju Afinni.

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